Amanda Holden facing life 'head on'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 February 2012
Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden admits returning to the 'Britain's Got Talent' panel has helped her "deal" with her recent near-death experience after giving birth to her baby daughter Hollie Rose

Amanda Holden admits returning to the 'Britain's Got Talent' panel has helped her "deal" with her recent near-death experience.

The 41-year-old star - who resumed her position on the ITV1 show less than three weeks after she almost died from blood loss while giving birth to baby daughter Hollie Rose - explained after losing her son seven months into her pregnancy last year and suffering a miscarriage in early 2010, she has learnt to face disaster "head on".

She said: "Going back to work when I did is how I deal with things. I always face life head on. I wanted to get back. It was important that I did something normal and show my six-year-old daughter Lexi that I was still the same old mum.

"I face every disaster and crisis head on. I've never hidden away. Working is what I love and what I know. Six weeks after losing our son I was rehearsing for 'Shrek'. It gave me focus and fitness. Without that I would probably have gone down a much darker route.

"It's that attitude that has got me back to where I am now. It helped me get over what I've been through. Not just this but also the stillbirth and the miscarriage."

Amanda admits while she is constantly worried she'll be axed from the panel - which also features Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams - no one forced her to return to 'BGT' as early as she did, and she feels "lucky" to be able to spend plenty of time with Lexi, Hollie and her husband Chris Hughes.

She added in an interview with The Sun newspaper: "I'm lucky with the work I do in that I don't work all day every day. So I'm with Hollie and Lexi and Chris more than the average working mum. I'm very privileged. Since having Hollie at the end of January, I've worked four days - most mums would kill for that.

"I've done the show for six years and every year is a bonus. I always think they'll get rid of me and refresh the panel.

"No one made me come back when I did. They asked if I wanted to and I said, 'Go on then'. But I really really love it. It's great to be back."

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